Londinium & The Romans
Explore Roman London, with a visit to the Museum of London, The Roman collection at the museum, houses over 47,000 that evidence the ancient City of Londinium work, worship, rest and play and a half day guided tour of remaining sites left by the Romans, including London’s Roman Walls, and the British Museum with its wonderful collection of Roman Artefacts.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Travel to London & Museum of London
Arrive in London during the afternoon, and make your first stop the Museum of London, close to the Barbican and St Paul’s.
The museum holds the largest collection of samian ware in the country. In addition, because of the extensive burial evidence found around London, it has a high number of complete vessels and large fragments of other ceramic types. These provide invaluable reference material to excavated sites where ceramic evidence is often fragmentary
The collection includes the best examples of Roman sculpture to be found in Britain in the form of the marble statues from the Temple of Mithras and an outstanding array of metalwork recovered from the nearby bed of the Walbrook stream.
The superbly preserved nature of the metal collection and the wide-ranging selection of domestic, industrial and religious artefacts make this perhaps the best collection in Britain. The metalwork collection as a whole, ranging from iron hipposandals to knives, spoons, jewellery, tools and toilet implements, provides an unsurpassed collection of everyday items that are invaluable for displays as well as for more specialised research.
Other elements of the Roman collection include coins, glass, wood, leather and bone. The coin collection provides useful reference material in support of the excavated coins held at the Museum of London Archaeological Archive.
Similarly the glass collections support the excavated material to form a highly significant body of evidence for the use and manufacture of glass in the city.
The leather collections are made up of around 1,500 pieces and are a valuable resource for the study of Roman leather-working techniques, particularly shoe manufacture. The most famous pieces are fragments of four ‘bikinis’ which are unparalleled in Britain. The wood collection includes a ladder, a complete barrel and writing tablets.
Day 2British Museum & the Romans in London
After breakfast in your hotel, you will meet with your guide at a central point for a short drive around some of the best Roman Sites in the City of London. Your tour will end at the British Museum, where your guide will show your the highlights of the Museum
You will have chance to visit the Roman Britain Gallery to see where imported goods and settlers from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa created a richer, more diverse society and produced a wealth of mosaics, wall paintings, sculpture, glassware and metalwork.
The laws, administration, currency, architecture, engineering, religion and art of Rome met Britain’s Iron Age societies to create a distinctive ‘Romano-British’ identity, which is illustrated in through a variety of objects and artwork.
Also visit the Gallery which shows the rise of Rome from a small town to an imperial capital that controlled the Mediterranean basin and north-western Europe and the Near East, extending from Scotland to Syria.
The exhibition covers a period of about 1,000 years from Rome’s legendary foundation in 753 BC to AD 324, when the emperor Constantine founded his new, Christian capital at Constantinople (Istanbul).
Objects on display come from all over the empire, reflecting both its vast scale and its diverse geographical, cultural and ethnic nature. They range from stone and metal sculptures of emperors and gods to jewellery, silverware, pottery and glass, including the famous cameo glass Portland Vase.
HotelSt Giles London
St Giles Hotel London has a sports entertainment centre, an outdoor swimming pool, bar/lounge restaurants and a casino.
With views of the city, the St Giles London – A St Giles Hotel has en-suite rooms and a fantastic central position. This hotel in Bloomsbury is located in a contemporary style building.
Facilities include an indoor swimming pool and a full Fitness Gym for those guests who like to exercise.
The hotel has 24-hour reception, laundry service and dry cleaning on site.
Strategically located just 10 minutes walk from the city centre, the St Giles Hotel London allows guests to easily reach all attractions. HEATHROW Airport is 50 minutes away by car.
St Giles London is located in London’s West End, less than 5 minutes from Tottenham Court subway station and Oxford Street shops. The Dominion Theatre is a 3 minute walk.
The hotel has 3 restaurants: the Sage & Chili (fusion of Asian and Italian food), the Hudson’s House Café Lounge Bar, and the VQ, a busy cafeteria-restaurant open 24 hours a day.
The British Museum and Covent Garden are only a 10-minute walk away, and the National Gallery is less than a 15-minute walk away.
The St Giles London – A St Giles Hotel is a great place to visit a gallery, theatre or museum.
All rooms have a safe box, independent air conditioning and a mini fridge. Bathrooms have a shower, hairdryer and toiletries free of charge.
Gastronomy lovers will enjoy the Sage & Chilli restaurant, which prepares a selection of British dishes. The night bar is ideal for relaxing with delicious drinks after a long day.
Hakkasan Hanway Place Restaurant and Chettinad Restaurant are some of the best gastronomic proposals to eat in the area.
Guests can find a dance studio and heated indoor pool, and enjoy the solarium and jacuzzi.
For active guests, the hotel offers a variety of activities such as climbing, badminton and volleyball.
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- 1 night with breakfast staying at the St.Giles Hotel in central london
- Tours as described.